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Kurdistan

Baghdad demands control over borders, oil on eve of referendum

By Rudaw 24/9/2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with the National Security Council on Sunday. Photo: Official
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with the National Security Council on Sunday. Photo: Official
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi government has demanded Kurdistan hand over control of all its international border posts to federal authorities and has told the international community to deal exclusively with the government in Baghdad, particularly in relation to oil. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi released a statement Sunday evening after a meeting of the National Security Council.

The Iraqi government asked the Kurdistan Region to hand over “all border gates, including the airports, to the federal authorities. It also asks neighbouring countries and international countries to deal exclusively with the federal Iraqi government with regard to the borders and oil,” the statement Abadi read. 

He announced that the federal government was taking charge of the movement of “goods and people to and from the Region.”

The statement also called for an Iraqi task force to follow the assets and accounts of the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kurdish officials outside of the country.

The statement also demanded the public prosecutor's office bring charges against every Kurdish employee involved in conducting the referendum. 

Baghdad considers the referendum illegal and unconstitutional. 

Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani told media on Sunday afternoon that the vote will go ahead as planned on Monday. 

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grabnar | 24/9/2017
federal government first makes decision to take control of borders than sends solders to implement it and border region resists----that happened in Slovenia and it was the beginning of Yugoslav civil war 26 years ago.
John Canada | 24/9/2017
Baghdad cherry picks which violation of the Iraqi constitution to pursue and which to ignore. The 55 serious violations the Kurds have pointed out are not even mentioned by the central government. This reaffirms the view of Iraq as a Banana republic
Dana | 24/9/2017
See how quickly they showed their true colors! some delusional officals would argue that certain segments of the Iraqi leadership specially the Shias are not like Saddam. We kept telling them that no matter who's in charge they would attack the first opportunity they got, look what's happening now, they get backing from Iran and Turkey and are not wasting a minute. We didn't take revenge for Anfal Genocide and took in 1.2 million Arab IDPs, while they're massing troops to come kill us all. Only Israel knows how to deal with Arabs
T.I. | 24/9/2017
Abadi has been shortsighted, he will start a war with Kurds to win the upcoming election. It's a classic Iranian trap, he thinks it will strengthen his hand against Malaki and Iran later but it will not in the long run, who remembers Mosul?. The Iranian proxies just have to wait it out as the Iraqi army and Peshmerga weaken and exhaust eachother. In the end Iran will come out on top
S K | 25/9/2017
Abadi is just another Saddam Hussein in the making.
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